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san diego, CA, United States
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  • The Idea of You

  • By: Robinne Lee
  • Narrated by: Robinne Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Solene Marchand, the 39-year-old owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles, is reluctant to take her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band. But since her divorce, she's more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solene expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of 20 years old further complicates things. What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate and genuine relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy meets Reality

  • By Renee on 08-08-18

Horribly cheesy romance novel

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I love a good romance every now and then and with the stellar reviews of The Idea of You I had high hopes. Imagine if the lead singer of One Direction took a fancy to you and you started a hot affair? What could be better... Wrong! Utterly predictable and implausible, I just couldn't get lost in the story the way I wanted to and ended up giving up about 1/2 way through.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,994

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

First half of the book in need of serious editing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I love elephants as much as the next person and find their behavior fascinating. The level of their intelligence and consciousness is astounding in the animal world and yet the author droned on and on about elephants in a way that did not feel appropriate for a work of fiction. Lots of extraneous information that could easily have been taken out with a good editor. This book could easily have been 1/3 of it's length and way more enjoyable. I found myself fast forwarding through the slower parts to get to the advancement of the narrative. The last 4 hours were riveting and I could not stop listening and in typical Jodi Picoult fashion she includes unsavory characters that are difficult to listen to (Thomas). I did not care for Rebecca Lowman as the narrator of Alice, I had previously heard her work with Eleanor and Park and she wasn't right for this part.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,814

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

One of the best audiobooks of the year

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

The masterful storyteller Kristin Hannah has struck again with an absorbing story of a girl and her parents in Alaska. The descriptions were so vivid I could practically taste and smell the things she was describing. I started listening on a Friday and didn't stop until I finished on Sunday.

  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,070
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,100

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING

  • By Nelishia on 01-04-10

Religious book disguised as romance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

A friend had recommended this book and after reading the description I quickly purchased it. About halfway through, after wondering at all the quotes from the bible, I looked up more information and found that this is a Christian author. Something I would not have chosen to purchase. The story was fine (if predictable), but the constant references to religion were very offputting. If you are religious this would be perfect for you, but otherwise it will not be enjoyable. I always enjoy the narrator Kate Forbes hence 2 stars instead of 1

  • Are You Sleeping

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Barber
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Josie Buhrman has spent the last 10 years trying to escape her family's reputation, and with good reason. After her father's murder 13 years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult, and her twin sister, Lanie, once Josie's closest friend and confidante, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner, Caleb, and that's where she intends to stay. The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past - starting with her last name.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Please don't waste your credit

  • By Michelle on 05-01-18

Please don't waste your credit

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This isn't even a guilty pleasure. Poor writing, a predictable plot and god awful narration made for a very long listen. I felt compelled to find out who had done it, and of course it was exactly as I had guessed less than 1/4 of the way through the book. Wooden, one-dimensional characters that I couldn't muster enough energy to care about led to a very underwhelming ending. There are too many other good books in this genre.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Happiness Equation

  • Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything
  • By: Neil Pasricha
  • Narrated by: Neil Pasricha
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

In The Happiness Equation, Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing, do anything, and have everything. If that sounds like a contradiction, you simply haven't unlocked the Nine Secrets to Happiness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of good and bad

  • By Justin Bunker on 05-09-16

Nothing new or interesting presented in this book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

I read this after thoroughly enjoying Hardwiring Happiness and wanting to learn more about the subject. First of all, it's so off putting when authors narrate their own books and this one is no exception. The voice made it difficult to enjoy the subject matter, which had nothing ground breaking, helpful or insightful.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,127

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Horrible - predictable and full of plot holes

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-17

As others have mentioned, the premise of this book is extremely sick and twisted but the plot holes were the clincher for me. She had numerous opportunities to escape and was so clueless that I found it hard to root for her success. Other books in this genre including Girl on a Train and Gone Girl create a narrative in which we're kept on the edge of our seats not knowing what will happen next and invested in the main characters. In the end, I just didn't care what happened one way or the other.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

Mesmerizing tale - couldn't put it down

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-16

For anyone who loves Downton Abbey - this book is for you. Written in 1938, it still feels contemporary. Others have explained the plot so I'll just say that this has been one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have ever had the chance to listen to. Anna Massey perfectly captures each character and breathes life into this beautifully written novel.

  • Ruby

  • A Novel
  • By: Cynthia Bond
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 854

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Timothy Huff on 02-19-15

Terrible story, did not hold my interest

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-15

Despite the amazing narration by the author Cynthia Bond, I simply couldn't stay with this story. It jumped around, was difficult to follow and ultimately I didn't care what happened to the characters. Waste of a credit

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,687

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Meh, just ok

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-14

This book started out strong, just riveting and I couldn't put it down. Reminded me of how the Passage started - it grabbed me and did not let go. About 1/3 of the way through however it became extremely predictable, I lost interest in the characters and in the end only finished as I had used a credit and didn't want to waste it. There are so many other better books in this genre, I wouldn't use up a credit.

15 of 26 people found this review helpful